AUSTRALIA 2017

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Coming to Australia after 5 months in Asia was an unexpected surprise. We really, really, really didn't see this coming. I'd thought we'd end our Asia travels somewhere in India or South Korea. Even Dubai was an option. But alas, after thoroughly checking our credit card points, the 'cheapest' route back to Houston just so happens to be through Sydney.

So Sydney it is.

We arrived at the airport and headed straight to the ticket counter to check in. Next thing we knew it, we got turned away! Well, dang. Flight leaves in 2 hours! Turns out us Americans need an Electronic Travel Authority (which basically works as an online visa) to get into Australia. Who knew? So we hurriedly applied on our phones, received an email confirmation 15 minutes later, and scurried back to the same check-in attendant to get our situation squared away.

Besides that minor snafu, our week in Sydney was a little on the underwhelming side. We wanted to go to other parts of Australia. Whitsundays, Brisbane, Melbourne!! But truth be told, we were mentally and physically drained. Back to back adventuring for months is almost like a job! So you can imagine the usual touristy bits around town were perfect for that much needed R&R. Nice and leisurely. Though, we really enjoyed the coastal nature scenes while hiking along Bondi Beach and Coogee Walk. Probably our favorite experience in Sydney!

Overall, there's really not much to do in Sydney. 3-4 days max is enough. A week -- you'll be bored and wishing to be elsewhere!

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When: April 2017
Temp: 75-80 F
City: Sydney
Stay: Bounce Hostel
Recommend: Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Walking tour, Bondi Beach, Bondi Icebergs, Coogee Walk, Manly Ferry, Newtown, The Rocks.



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